The Brando at Bora Bora fills in the missing link

The region’s most defining feature has now been spectacularly added to the idyllic island retreat.

By Jill K. Robinson 19/07/2017

In 2014, the Brando — an exquisite French Polynesian private atoll resort once owned by the film icon Marlon Brando — opened its doors with 35 rustic-luxe villas on a spectacular stretch of jungle-lined beach.

It had all of the trappings of the iconic tropical retreat, from beach bars and spas to on-site naturalists and sea-to-plate cuisine. The only thing that was missing? The region's famed accommodation, the overwater bungalow.

That will change with the December arrival of the new Brando Suites Bora Bora, a collection of four two-bedroom overwater villas — except that the villas will be located at the nearby InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

The suites will offer 300 square metres of indoor/outdoor living space, with floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frame the 180-degree views of Bora Bora's turquoise-hued lagoon and the famous Mount Otemanu.

Each accommodation will feature a living and dining area, an upstairs office and relaxation lounge, and an expansive outdoor terrace with a 16-square-metre infinity-edge pool — the largest private pool of any overwater villa in French Polynesia.

Inspired by Marlon Brando's vision to create a venture of sustainable development, the Bora Bora suites will also feature local Polynesian design accents, using eco-certified wood, local miki miki wood, and native pandan-leaf roofing.

Air-conditioning will be produced by extracting deep-ocean water, a sustainable technology that was perfected at the Brando. For the ultimate Polynesian trip, travellers can pair the Brando Suites — where they can take advantage of the InterContinental's polished amenities, including a thalassotherapy spa and fine-dining restaurant — with a stay in laid-back barefoot luxury at the Brando.

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